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TEN BROECK, Abraham, soldier, born in Albany, New York, 13 May, 1734; died there, 19 January, 1810. His father, Dirck, was for many years recorder of Albany, and its mayor in 1746-'8. The son became a merchant in 1753, and married Elizabeth, daughter of General Stephen Van Rensselaer. From 1760 till 1765 he was in the colonial assembly, where he was an active upholder of popular rights. In 1775 he sat in the Provincial congress, and in 1776 he presided over the convention that organized a state government. He was made a colonel of militia early in the Revolution, and on 25 June, 1778, became brigadier-general of militia, commanding the forces in Dutchess and Ulster counties, and to the north and west. He did good service during Burgoyne's invasion, and led a brigade at the battle of Bemis Heights in October, 1777. He was mayor of Albany in 1779-'83, a member of the state senate in 1780-'3, and judge of the court of common pleas in 1781-'4. General Ten Broeck was also for several years a director and president of the Albany bank.
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